Frank McCourt Quotes

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Frank McCourt Quotes

Keep scribbling! Something will happen.
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The master says it's a glorious thing to die for the Faith and Dad says it's a glorious thing to die for Ireland and I wonder if there's anyone in the world who would like us to live.

— Frank McCourt

A mother's love is a blessing
No matter where you roam.
Keep her while you have her,
You'll miss her when she's gone.

— Frank McCourt

In the high school classroom you are a drill sergent, a rabbi, a shoulder to cry on, a disciplinarian, a singer, a low-level scholar, a clerk, a referee, a clown, a counselor, a dress-code enforcer, a conductor, an apologist, a philosopher, a collaborator, a tap dancer, a politician, a therapist, a fool, a traffic cop, a priest, a mother-father-brother-sister-uncle-aunt, a bookeeper, a critic, a psychologist, the last straw.

— Frank McCourt

The sky is the limit. You never have the same experience twice.

— Frank McCourt

There's so much absurdity. Poverty is so absurd.

— Frank McCourt

I'm not one of those James Joyce intellectuals who can stand back and look at the whole edifice ... It was a slow process for me to just crawl out of it, like a snake leaving his skin behind.

— Frank McCourt

You feel a sense of urgency, especially at my advanced age, when you're staring into the grave.

— Frank McCourt

If ever you're getting a dog, Francis, make sure it's a Buddhist. Good-natured dogs, the Buddhists. Never, never get a Mahommedan. They'll eat you sleeping. Never a Catholic dog. They'll eat you every day including Fridays.

— Frank McCourt

There are so many ways of saying Hi. Hiss it, trill it, bark it, sing it, bellow it, laugh it, cough it. A simple stroll in the hallway calls for paragraphs, sentences in your head, decisions galore.

— Frank McCourt

The English wouldn't give you the steam of their piss.

— Frank McCourt

Samuel Beckett was saying, in a new biography, that he could remember being in the womb, which, of course, is a bit far-fetched. But he's an Irishman, so nothing's too far-fetched.

— Frank McCourt

The boys from Staten Island would fill more body bags than Stuyvesant could ever imagine. Mechanics and plumbers had to fight while college students shook indignant fists, fornicated in the fields of Woodstock and sat in.

— Frank McCourt

That's what he disliked about certain artists and writers. They interfered and pointed to everything as if you couldn't see it or read for yourself.

— Frank McCourt

If 'tis a sin, I don't give a Fiddler's fart!

— Frank McCourt

First day of your teaching you are to stand at your classroom door and let your students know how happy you are to see them. Stand, I say. Any playwright will tell you that when the actor sits down the play sits down. The best move of all is to establish yourself as a presence and to do it outside in the hallway. Outside, I say. That's your territory and when you're out there you'll be seen as a strong teacher, fearless, ready to face the swarm. That's what a class is, a swarm. And you're a warrior teacher. It's something people don't think about. Your territory is like your aura, it goes with you everywhere, in the hallways, on the stairs and, assuredly, in the classroom.

— Frank McCourt

I asked my dad what afflicted meant and he said 'Sickness son, and things that don't fit.

— Frank McCourt

Keep scribbling! Something will happen.

— Frank McCourt

Teacher? I never dreamed I could rise so high in the world

— Frank McCourt

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